Here are 12 exceptional wedding locations in exclusive properties across the country that offer great wedding packages to help make your wedding dreams come true!

In Kwazulu Natal – the Garden Province – Thanda Safari in the northern KZN, for a wedding ceremony in a sheltered bush, under the spreading marula trees … cheering Zulu dancers who lead you through the aisle to take your vows … your safari-style wedding celebration in the starlight boma or on a deck with Views of the pristine African bush – whatever your personal style, there is no better place to celebrate romance than Thanda Safari! Thanda Safari offers three accommodation options – each with its own style and charm – the flagship safari lodge with nine bush suites, the exclusive five-suite villa iZulu and the Thanda Tented Camp with 14 luxury tents and one deluxe honeymoon tent.

Details: [email protected], 032-586-0149 or the Thanda wedding [email protected], thandasafari.co.za

At the Cape – one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa

The Hope Collection a member of Cape Country Routes, which opened in 2007 in De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape as the first private / public partnership in the South African hospitality industry. Just a three-hour drive from Cape Town, this World Heritage Site offers pristine land, vast expanses, beaches, world-class whale watching, coastal fynbos and abundant wildlife and bird life – more than 260 species of birds (including the endangered Cape Vulture) – along with a variety of accommodation options the De Hoop Collection and the beauty of it all – makes it a perfect place for a special wedding – especially winter weddings! Imagine a ceremony under the magnificent fig tree or with a view of the beautiful Vlei or in the old sheep shearing stable ‘The Cloete Room’ and the wedding reception in The Fig Tree Restaurant in front of a beautiful warm fireplace.

Details: 021-422-4522, [email protected], www.dehoopcollection.com

The elegant 4-star hotel is centrally located in Stellenbosch Eendracht Hotel & Apartments with its elegant rooms is a perfect base for weddings, in which family and friends can be comfortably accommodated; its spacious honeymoon suite – perfect for the bride and her bridesmaids to use before the ceremony; its self-catering apartments – just a seven-minute walk from the hotel, perfect for the groom and friends; the huddle room for pre-wedding meetings and pre- and post-wedding day meals; Senobia’s restaurant, which takes care of meals and catering, and best of all, its proximity to the city’s beautiful and historic churches – the old Dutch Reformed Moederkerk (just a two minute walk from the hotel), the Stellenbosch United Church, the old one Lutheran Church and St. Mary’s Anglican Church. The Eendracht Hotel adapts your wedding package to your specific needs, your taste and your personality – tailor-made to perfection – and your special day will be an experience that you will remember forever. Eendracht Hotel & Apartments is a member of Cape Country Routes.

Details: 021-883-8843, [email protected], www.eendracht-hotel.com

The funny and funky 5 stars Turbine boutique hotel and spa, located on Thesen Islands, Knysna, has accommodations that include luxury and standard rooms, two stand-alone suites, and one honeymoon suite; the Island Café Restaurant and Gastro Pub, which offers classic pub fare with a delicious twist and views of the sunset over the lagoon; the Turbine Spa and its own adventure center – the Turbine Water Club – with a variety of water and land activities. Just the right place for a funky wedding! Turbine offers bespoke (depending on your needs) breakfast, lunch and dinner for wedding celebrations; a private wedding reception at one of its venues or, alternatively, a non-exclusive reception at the Island Café Restaurant.

Details: 044-302-5746, [email protected] www.turbinehotel.co.za

And from the Cape Summer Villas Boutique Collection

With a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean, the Tsitsikamma Mountains, the Keurbooms River and the lagoon, a wedding in the 5-star hotel Cape Summer Villas Sky Villa boutique hotel a world-leading luxury destination becomes an unforgettable experience. The Sky Villa can accommodate up to 28 guests who share (14 rooms), and its sister hotel The Bungalow can accommodate a further 14 (shared) guests – a shuttle transports guests between the two venues. It can host a reception for up to 120 guests and larger weddings can be accommodated in the garden (tent / marquee would be required).

Details: 087-550-2967, [email protected], [email protected], www.capesummervillas.co.za

Cape Summer Villas’ The Plett bungalow, a luxury 5-star bed and breakfast just a stone’s throw from the water on Hobie Beach in Plettenberg Bay, is designed for the ultimate beachfront experience and is also the perfect location for a brilliant beach wedding. It can accommodate 14 guests in its seven luxuriously appointed rooms, while sister property Sky Villa can accommodate up to 28 additional guests (there’s a shuttle that easily transports guests between the two venues) and a reception for up to 60. accommodate guests.

Details: 044-533-1864, [email protected], capesummervillas.co.za

Spanish Farm Guest Lodge – a flagship property of Cape Summer Villas, is a special piece of paradise in Somerset West and offers a peaceful ambience, set on 4 acres of lush native gardens with beautiful fynbos vegetation and abundant bird life. The Guest Lodge and Rose Cottage are slightly higher than the villas and each offer a magnificent view of False Bay and the surrounding mountains, which makes the Spanish Farm Guest Lodge the ideal location for an unforgettable elopement celebration. The Spanish Farm Guest Lodge can host a celebration of up to 40 guests and can accommodate 24 of those guests in The Guesthouse, The Ground Floor Apartment, Rose Cottage and the three two bedroom villas.

Details: 021-852-7352, [email protected], www.capesummervillas.co.za

And Kapland routes …

The perfect destination for brides who want a country-style wedding “far away from the hustle and bustle” is the charming 4-star hotel Montagu Country Hotel on Monday. Nestled between the Langeberg mountain ranges of the Western Cape, this quaint little town is an easy drive from Cape Town. With its claim to be the only original Art Deco hotel in the country (the original hotel was built in 1875), the converted hotel transports you to a bygone era of elegance. It offers versatile yet comfortable accommodations – furnished rooms with private bathrooms, excellent facilities, warm hospitality, impressive mountain views and two fabulous wedding packages. And if you want to add extra attraction to your wedding, the hotel has its own fleet of American Dream Cars with a 1956 and 1964 Cadillac Sedan De Ville to rent. A special kind of wedding at this signature Cape Country Routes property is guaranteed!

Details: [email protected], www.capecountryroutes.com

The charming 3-star hotel on the Cape Country Routes New Holme Nature Lodge (formerly New Holme Country House) – a functioning sheep and game farm in the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve, Northern Cape, one of the two nature reserves of the Khoisan Karoo Conservancy – with expansive landscapes and breathtaking views of the Karoo landscape meets all the criteria for something different Wedding! Known for its traditional Karoo dinners, underground wine cellar, sunset and night drives, it is a very popular spot for Karoo weddings. Called “far, far away” by most, New Holme is conveniently located halfway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, Durban and the Garden Route, making it a good place for family and friends to meet and celebrate 400 m from the venue in case you want to fly in. You have exclusive use of the lodge for the day of the wedding and the number of nights for which you book the accommodation. Small intimate receptions for up to 80 people are organized indoors, while larger weddings take place outdoors. Guests can count on friendly, personal service, a casual and relaxed atmosphere, and activities like the Karoo Shy 5-night cruise and sundowners by the hippopotamus pool to make your wedding even more unique and unique.

Details: [email protected], www.capecountryroutes.com

South Hill Vineyards, embedded in the eastern end of the picturesque Elgin Grabouw Valley, is surrounded by views of the Kogelberg biosphere, neighboring orchards and our own vineyards. Lush gardens, big skies and expansive lawns in summer, and intimate interiors with fireplaces in winter, and a short hour’s drive from Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Hermanus, make South Hill the perfect choice for a honeymoon. And then – if you want to get married without telling anyone, or run away and forego a large, traditional wedding to have a more intimate ceremony with few (or no) guests – you’d better get away … Well, South Hill did Put together some exclusive elopement packages, each based on a unique location on the farm … South Hill Vineyards – a Cape Country Routes member – will make your wedding a memorable one.

Details: [email protected], www.capecountryroutes.com

Making miracles come true is what they love to do Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve! This remarkable Cape Country Routes property is only 50 km from Oudtshoorn and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Swartberg Mountains. It is a kingdom of all wonders of nature – the incomparable beauty of the reserve and the impressive sunsets create an almost mythical atmosphere where even the most incredible story becomes an unforgettable experience that you will remember forever! If you are planning to write the next chapter of your life – your love story, then Wildehondekloof, with all of its magic and the expertise and wedding organization skills of its experienced professional staff – the Princess and the Prince – guarantees you the most romantic of all fairytale wedding days! Wildehondekloof always goes the extra mile to ensure that your wedding is fondly remembered. This hidden gem of the Klein Karoo is one of the treasures of the Cape Country Routes Collection.

Details: [email protected], www.capecountryroutes.com

Mountain village Zuurberg is a 160 year old oasis of historical joy high up on Zuurberg Pass in malaria-free Addo, Eastern Cape. In the midst of 160 hectares of native vegetation with breathtaking views of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, it offers its guests nature, wildlife and tranquility in the most majestic African surroundings, perfect for a wedding. For a complete weekend experience, there is a special rate per person including braai dinner and breakfast if guests want to stay the night before the wedding – a great opportunity for families and friends to get together. You will stay in private cottages in Edwardian style or in the old Zuurberg mansion. The cottages are arranged so that guests can enjoy both spectacular mountain and valley views. Extensive manicured gardens, surrounded by rolling hills, form the perfect backdrop for a sales force with a reception on the veranda overlooking the sparkling pool. Optional extras include a wellness spa (a wonderful treat for the bride and her entourage) and guided game drives in the Addo Elephant Park. Bergdorf Zuurberg – the perfect place for an unforgettable festival of love and happiness.

Details: [email protected], www.capecountryroutes.com